Eragon REDO! Book Cover WIP


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    I'm starting over!!! After listening to todays podcast I figured out what I was not liking about this project. It's a YA book and not a picture book, which is my focus for my portfolio. SO, I'm still going to do Eragon (because my son is spoiled ๐Ÿ˜œ), BUT I'm going to do a cover as if the book was written for little kids. This should be fun!!


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    After listening to the latest podcast I realized that I was not following my goal, in regards to this months contest and my childrens illustrator portfolio. I was trying to illustrate a young adult book cover, when I want to make art for children's books. I still want to do Eragon but now I am pretending that it was written for children and am illustrating accordingly. I'm much happier with it.
    I've gone from this
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    To this
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    I'm sketching it in procreate so if you see anything bad that jumps out at you, please let me know, I can change it easily.
    I'll post values thumbs tomorrow.



  • @burvantill I love what you ended up with! You can have some fun with the fire and the shattered crystals and rocks. Looking forward to seeing this progress!


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    @Heather-Bouteneff Thankyou. It seemed mentally easier to draw the new version, I think my brain was subliminally telling me that I was going in the wrong direction ๐Ÿคช. I AM having more fun with it now. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ



  • Wow well done for sticking to your goal and adapting your work to fit that (something I'm struggling with at the moment too!) I really really like your new piece, it's definitely more children's book friendly - even though I liked your YA version too ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the triangular shapes you have here, the only thing I would say is maybe try it with the characters coming into scene from a diagonal position? So they'd be pointing towards the bottom right corner instead instead of straight down from the top. Maybe you could also try losing the triangular shapes you have for the border and only having the fire from the dragon as a border?
    Look forward to seeing your finished piece ๐Ÿ˜ƒ



  • For some reason my account decided to delete itself so i've had to make a new one, but this was my reply:

    Wow well done for sticking to your goal and adapting your work to fit that (something I'm struggling with at the moment too!) I really really like your new piece, it's definitely more children's book friendly - even though I liked your YA version too ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the triangular shapes you have here, the only thing I would say is maybe try it with the characters coming into scene from a diagonal position? So they'd be pointing towards the bottom right corner instead instead of straight down from the top. Maybe you could also try losing the triangular shapes you have for the border and only having the fire from the dragon as a border?
    Look forward to seeing your finished piece ๐Ÿ˜ƒ



  • @burvantill Ohhh yeah!!! This is sooooooo cool! You were so right at changing your mind. Love it!


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    Thank you @hannahmccaffery and @Sas.

    Here are my value thunmbnails. I rendered my favorite a little more than the others so that I could get a better idea of what it could look like. I need more practice with value sketching.
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    I played around with the values a bit more and decided to go with a light background.
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    Here is my color scheme. I'm doing all of the prep work in digital before I ink and watercolor. So the colors will change slightly but this is pretty much it. I need fresh eyes. Please be honest and direct. Thank you.
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    @burvantill I think it was a good idea to go with the light background. It makes the characters pop. As far as colors, and forgive I am not familiar with the story so I may be way off here, but maybe try a different color for the dragon. The blue seems to be over saturated. Maybe a purple or green would look good. Or what if you went with a light blue background and a red dragon? I always liked the contrast of a warm/cool piece.


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    @Chip-Valecek lol. Saphira is blue๐Ÿ˜œ. Thankyou for mentioning the brightness of her. That is a digital rookie mistake๐Ÿคช. She will not be that electric in my watercolor. ๐Ÿ˜‚


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    I'm working on the back/full cover now. I took your advice @hannahmccaffery and angled them more diagonally so the fire could spread to the back cover as well. Now the front can work by itself or together with the back if viewed as an open book. My plan is to have the shade, Durza, directing the Kull Warriors to attack towards Eragon with the fire beginning to engulf his feet. To the left/behind the Kull will be trees that I will somehow blend with the broken rose crystal at the top. Here are my sketches so far. I had to break them up into two files because my wimpy iPad couldn't handle the procreate file size.

    Does the arrangement/ composition work? Is it too complicated?
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    My taxes are done, YAY, so I will be able to spend a good chunk of time the rest of the week on this project.



  • Yay! It looks great, can't wait to see it all finished ๐Ÿ˜ƒ


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    Well, Iโ€™m finished and itโ€™s not perfect. After my last post I finished drawing the full cover. After I transferred it to the watercolor paper and started adding color I got very depressed. I hated it. I liked the drawing but felt like I was just coloring within the lines. There was nothing special about it. I moped for a couple days and even had trouble drawing in my sketchbook. I was so far up my own butt I couldnโ€™t see the light. Iโ€™m doing a sketchbook challenge this week so the fact that I was having to force my sketches really bummed me out even more. Then I drew something. I donโ€™t know if anyone else would feel it but I thought it was great. Only because it made me feel good to draw it. After that the sketching went easier and I came back to my cover and added some details to help me like it if not love it. Itโ€™s time for a change and I feel like I just crawled out of a cocoon. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  • Well I think it's turned out great, and you did the right thing by stepping away from it for a bit. It's a horrible feeling when you start something and you really like the drawing, then when you come to add colour it doesn't turn out the way you want it to - it's so disheartening! So well done for going back to it and working on it some more, you should be proud of a really great illustration ๐Ÿ™‚
    What does it look like with the title on it? ๐Ÿ™‚



  • @burvantill I like the backcover, great characters you did. The colors, I would only chose less saturated color for the dragon. I woul like to see Your book cover with the title on it. You did great. As for me, I am mostly not so happy with coloring my sketches, which I like a lot...I think we should color more and more be more confident in it.



  • @burvantill @MichaelaH I think it's a really common problem, I also prefer my sketches as I'm trying to "re-learn" how to colour in a simpler style, so you're not alone ๐Ÿ™‚ like you say, it just takes more confidence and practice!


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    @Robert-Smith no offense Robert but youโ€™re barking up the wrong tree. This is a close knit community of artists that donโ€™t need to be plagued by solicitors.


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    @hannahmccaffery @MichaelaH Thankyou for your words. They are appreciated very much. It has been a weird art week for sure.
    I am working on the title portion in Photoshop today. I will post the final in the March contest thread. ๐Ÿ™‚



  • @burvantill
    I definitely understand the fight you went with this piece, but I think this came out really strong. It reads perfectly for your age range and has a real professional touch to it - I can see this being in a book store. I also really enjoy the color nuances youโ€™ve added this time around, chiefly the coloration of the crystal shards and the cave - I like how you balanced out what objects receive your line weight, as opposed to parts of your illustration that just received color treatment. Itโ€™s 100% you, with new treatments that I havenโ€™t seen in your previous work, yet fit and make me, the viewer, strongly engage with it. Iโ€™m really curious to see how this piece influences your future work. In fact, the composition feels like it would work great as a spread too.
    My crit is a little late in the game :p Iโ€™m sorry. But for next time, the boy holding out his arm - it might work better in the future to have him holding out his right arm, so that he is more open to the viewer and rounds out his shape more. The scary guys on the back are doing this and it really gives a sense of depth.

    Nailed it.


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